Evening top 5: Homeland Security halts Trump’s ban; Man dies in Offaly crash and Ireland lose in Six Nations opener

The top stories this Saturday evening

The Department of Homeland Security has suspended all actions implementing Donald Trump's travel ban

The move is in response to a ruling from a federal judge in Seattle, who ordered a temporary nationwide halt to the travel ban.

The State Department announced that they have reversed the cancellation of visas under President Donald Trump's executive order. 

Earlier, US President Donald Trump hit out at the "so-called judge" who halted his travel ban, promising to overturn the "ridiculous" ruling.

A statement from the DHS this evening says the Department of Justice plans to file an emergency stay of the judge's order and defend the US President's Executive Order.

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A man aged in his 80s has died after a fatal road traffic collision in Offaly

Gardaí in Tullamore are investigating the incident on the Charleville Road, Tullamore on Friday morning at around 10am.

The collision happened when a car and bin lorry collided, and the car impacted with a wall.

The male driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, was taken to Tullamore General Hospital in a serious condition.

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Baby put on US travel ban gets green light for life-saving surgery

A four-month-old baby from Iran, stopped from entering the US for life-saving heart surgery under Donald Trump's travel ban, is to be allowed in for the urgent operation.

The granting of permission for Fatemeh Reshad and her family to travel to America for the emergency procedure was welcomed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who had branded the ban as "repugnant".

An appointment the family had in Dubai to get a tourist visa was cancelled earlier this week after the US president's executive order temporarily banning travel from seven mainly-Muslim countries, including Iran.

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The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is urging the Government to drastically increase the cost of cigarettes here

In a pledge to mark World Cancer Day, it wants Ireland to follow the example of Australia - which has made a commitment to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes to AUS$40 (€28.47) by 2020.

Cigarettes cost almost AUS$25 (€17.60) per packet in Australia currently.

The Society is highlighting that one in four cancer deaths are caused by smoking and that high tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways of reducing the number of people who smoke.

The Government's policy on smoking, 'Tobacco Free Ireland', outlines the goal of Ireland being tobacco-free by 2025.

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Ireland lose to Scotland in Six Nations opener 

Ireland and Scotland treated the fans to an entertaining opening match in this year's Six Nations although it was the home side who were celebrating at the end. 

The away side laid down a marker early to assert their dominance at scrum time winning two early penalties against the inexperienced Scottish front row. The opening stanza of the match was pockmarked with handling errors as both teams played at pace from the off. 

The home side kicked deep into Irish territory only for Keith Earls to slice his clearance into touch. From the resulting line-out, intense Scottish pressure led to an overlap and Stuart Hogg touched down to give the home side a 5-0 lead. Laidlaw converted to bring the score out to 7-0